The Promises I CAN Make…

"When you stay focused and keep a commitment you create momentum, and momentum creates momentum." -Rich Fettke I am no longer focusing my attention on the promises I cannot keep or have not kept. Every time I disappear from you all, I end up coming back and apologizing for my delays in posting. This post [...]


3 Challenges You Should Take On In 2017

Throughout 2016, I kept wishing that 2017 was here. Last year was hard. I struggled with loss and change in numerous areas of my life. This year, I decided to clearly define my goals in different areas of my life to make certain I would have S.M.A.R.T goals set for this year that would be realistic [...]

If I Can’t Lose Weight…I’ll Eat It.

We are back from Florida. I didn't share this with you all, but I did finish the Walt Disney World Marathon. Remember my post about deferring the race? If not check it out here: Follow Up Posting: There Was That Cute Countdown Widget…What Happened?. Anyway, I ran the race and I will have a post about my experience [...]

Meet The Blogger: 50 Things Taylor

    This year, I fully intend to give you all plenty of content. Since that is my goal for this year, I figured...why not tell you some random facts about Tay. Lord, haven't used that term (Tay) in a while. So let's do this. Here are 50 random or not so random (for those of [...]

2017, You’re Here Already?

Happy New Year! I recognize that I am 19 days past due on this wonderful exclamation of wishing those of you who follow my blog a Happy New Year. It was a very busy 2016 for me and I can guarantee it will be an even busier 2017, but my ultimate goal this year is to fine tune [...]

Storytelling & Stepping Out Of My Comfort Zone

About a month ago, I was presented an opportunity through work to attend a storytelling workshop by the Rebel Pilgrim agency here in Cincinnati. My manager thought it would be a good idea to learn more about the world of successful storytelling as I currently share the Freestore Foodbank's story on a daily basis with my [...]

Another Family Passing

So this post will be very brief. A few months ago - February 13, 2016 (the day before Valentine's Day) my Grandmother passed away and I blogged about it - GRIEF: 82 DAYS AND COUNTING, WELCOME BACK?  - now just eight months and two days later (on Sweetest Day) one of the brother's my Grandma was very close [...]

3 Major Reasons Why I Believe Donald Trump Might ACTUALLY Win…

"Any people anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up, and shake off the existing government, and form a new one that suits them better. This is a most valuable - a most sacred right - a right, which we hope and believe, is to liberate the world." - Abraham [...]

Book Review #2: Heaven Is For Real

"A room without books is like a body without a soul." ― Marcus Tullius Cicero If you read my last post, BOOK REVIEW: CRASH THE CHATTERBOX, you know that I set a goal to complete 50 books for the year. I am now on my third. If you didn't read that post, read it and tell me what [...]

Small Town Challenges…

My last follow-up blog post, I shared with you all my new journey and me and Manny's "no fear movement" to Cincytucky. In that post, I almost made myself vomit with all of the overwhelming positivity I included. I'm sure I sounded braggy, inspirational and dramatic about my experience, but it was all very true.  I wanted [...]

When Does It Stop?

Before you even watch the video below please first watch the links below:  Aftermath Of Man Shot By Minnesota Police During A Traffic Stop! (*Warning* Graphic) Alton Sterling shooting: Second video of deadly encounter emerges I went to work this morning, following a wonderful visit to Jacksonville. I'd briefly reviewed my Facebook timeline prior to [...]

The City of Storytelling

I was supposed to post this one a couple of weeks ago, before my passionate post about the killings of many black men across the nation. So here it is, enjoy!   After a long and wonderful weekend for Essence Music Festival, I am home. When I first left for the weekend, I really didn't have [...]

Embracing the Present, It’s a Gift

The best way to pay for a lovely moment is to enjoy it. -Richard Bach As already mentioned, I am in New Orleans right now. I type this when I should be getting ready for day two of the convention at the Essence Music Festival. Yesterday was phenomenal, I got the chance to meet some [...]

#PrayforOrlando: Where Is The Love?

"Hatred paralyzes life, love releases it. Hatred confuses life, love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life, love illuminates it."-Martin Luther King, Jr. Five years a Florida resident, peace surrounds me. ♥ Until yesterday. I realize that many of you reading this are my dear Florida friends, many who are unfortunately directly affected by the heinous crimes of [...]

Traveling Gems: 9 Bodies, 1 Ministry

“Passion will move men beyond themselves, beyond their shortcomings, beyond their failures.” -Joseph Campbell So, I'll keep this post short. Well, at least I'll try. This weekend, I decided to visit my family in my hometown - Illinois and grace them with my presence. While this visit was to spend some familial time, I was blessed with [...]

Series: My Considerable Challenges with Healthy Eating

"The only time to eat diet food is while you're waiting for the steak to cook." -Julia Child On Sunday, I decided that I'd go ahead and hit the "restart" button on my health journey. For the past few weeks although conscious of what I've been feeding my face, I've still continued scarfing miniature Snickers, Twix [...]

Grief: 82 Days and Counting, Welcome Back?

Grief is like the ocean; it comes on waves ebbing and flowing. Sometimes the water is calm, and sometimes it is overwhelming. All we can do is learn to swim. -Vicki Harrison Many of you have been wondering where the heck I've been. Well, I've been learning to swim. And I've missed you all so [...]

Quick Recipe of the Week: Happy Eating

Happy Wednesday! Hump Day! Happy Whatever You Celebrate On A Wednesday, DAY! When I first began blogging, I promised many of you that I would provide some tasty eats and I am finally in a place where I can do just that. Here and there I plan to post photos of my dining choices, brought to [...]

Here Again: Those “Dreaded” Mondays…

“You have to prepare physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually to conquer any mountain.” ― Lailah Gifty Akita, Pearls of Wisdom: Great mind Well, it is Monday again and this is our common denominator as a society, mentally. Monday's arrive too soon and Friday's take forever to make their presence known. We wait all week-long for the [...]

Quick Fun Health Find: Weight Gurus Digital Scale

 “Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.” -Jim Rohn So instead of my usual "motivational Workout Wednesday" post. I decided to provides a combination of motivation and product recommendation. In 2014, as many of you already know, I began m y journey of health & fitness and became obsessed with purchasing new [...]

Cutting Costs: What Can YOU Afford To Live Without?

"It's Not The Money That Matters, It's How You Use It That Determines It's True Value." Happy Financial Friday! As we begin to close out the first month of our new year, I wanted to reach out and first apologize for the lack of Financial Friday posts as I often experience challenges finding the right material. In speaking with [...]

Change Your Attitude: The Gift of Gratitude.

"Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance." Eckhart Tolle I'd like to keep this post short for this final (Mental) Monday of January 2016. I'd like to encourage you all to reflect on your life, your choices and the gratitude you have in your heart for those [...]

My Fitness Pal: The Catalyst To Achieving Your Goals!

The Money In Your Bank Account Isn't The Only Thing You Should Be Counting... Many of you have heard of and maybe even tried MyFitnessPal. The more common complaints I've heard from friends who have tried the app but generally stop using it involve the ideas that the app takes "too much work," is "too hard [...]

A Tribute: Dr. Martin Luther King’s Immortal Lessons

"Our Lives Begin To End The Day We Become Silent About Things That Matter." -Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  First, I'd like to acknowledge how afraid many people are to use the color red when they write. Personally, I love it. Especially in a post like this. #TakeChances I know many of you have been [...]

Caught Up: Focusing On What Really Matters 

"It's Not What Happens To You But How You React To It That Matters." -Epictetus  One thing I've realized as I've grown up and through several conversations with various individuals is that all people feel. Even those who pretend and try hard not to focus on their feelings, feel. Life can become extremely tiresome and [...]

Follow Up Posting: There Was That Cute Countdown Widget…What Happened?

 It's A Wonderful Thing When You Become Okay With Saying, "I'll Do It Next Time..." Many of you are wondering what happened to the countdown on the right side of the page. A few months ago I became very serious about preparing myself for my first full marathon. As soon as I began my training [...]

Poshmark: The Clothes That Keep On Clothing

This Financial Friday, Rid Yourself Of Old Clothing Items And Allow Them To Make YOU Money To Get Rich, You Have To Be Making Money While You're Asleep. -David Bailey Many Of You Choose To Live In An Oblivious Bubble. For The Longest Time, I Chose To Live In The Same Bubble. You Know, The [...]

Meal Prep For Dummies: Why Dining At Home Can Save Your Life

Meal Prep For Beginners, And Boy Am I A Beginner Recently, I Made The Decision To Do Something Absolutely Insane. When I Say This Decision Was Crazy, I Truly Outdid Myself. The Decision Would Create A New Foundation For All Generations To Come.  I Meal Prepped. Of Course, I Had To Make This Something Extremely Dramatic. But [...]

Emotional Spending: Why You Must Hide The Plastic

Learn To Control Your (Emotion-Based) Spending  Retail Therapy: Noun - Shopping To Make Oneself Feel Happier Let Me Introduce You To My Dear Friend...Drunk Spending. I Know You've Seen This Friend Before, She Usually Comes Around When You Are Feeling Down. She Most Definitely Makes An Appearance When You Are Celebrating A Special Occasion And She Always [...]

OMG, I Ran Into Me: How To Survive Any Running Injury

Five Ways You Can Avoid Running Injury... So I Hurt Myself. Remember When I Told You That I'd Gotten Behind On My Health And Fitness Journey?? Well, I Tried. A Few Weeks Ago I'd Officially Decided To Train Dirty. I Found A 16-Week Training Plan For A Marathon On Pinterest, I Have Listed The Plan Below. My Original [...]

Make Joy A Priority: Be In The Drivers Seat Of Your Joy

Finding A Way To Incorporate Joy During The Most Difficult Times "There Is Little Success Where There Is Little Laughter" -Andrew Carnegie This Past Weekend I Had The Chance To Explore The Walt Disney World Resort With A Dear Friend From An Internship Years Ago. This Friend Visited With My God-Daughter And While It Was An Amazing [...]

Why You Aren’t Allowed To Give Up: Lead A Dynamic Life

The Wake Up Call You Need (Photo Above Is The Fortune Found Inside My Fortune Cookie The Other Night) Before You Continue Reading, You Must Know That I Require Something In Return, After You Read This Post. If You Are Afraid Of That Expectation, Read No Further. I Want You To Know That You Are [...]

Seasons Changing: Feelings Crazing

The Holiday's And Your Emotions Are Just Around The Corner “The Holiest Of Holidays Are Those Kept By Ourselves In Silence And Apart; The Secret Anniversaries Of The Heart.” - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow   So The Seasons Are Changing Around Us And While We Enjoy The Colors Of The Leaves And The Smell Of Fall, We [...]

Welcome To The First Selfie Sunday: Let’s Redefine Ourselves

Get Your Selfie Sunday On... Self: Noun -- The Evaluation By Oneself Of One's Worth As An Individual In Distinction From One's Interpersonal Or Social Roles.   Thank You Once Again For Reading. I Would Be Nothing Without My Supporters. <--- Isn't That Statement Interesting, Considering We Are Talking, "All Things Self." I Have Determined, [...]

Drowning: Swipe The Card Don’t Let The Card Swipe You

Welcome To Our Very First Financial Friday So, This Is The First Post On The Actual, Designated Day 🙂 I Just Returned From A Disney Cruise. I Must Say It Was A Fantastic Visit To Cozumel, Mexico, Coupled With A Wonderful (First Dive Into The Ocean), Beach Experience On Disney's Private Island, Castaway Cay. Many Dear Friends [...]

Kanye West Said It Best: Work It Out

It's Your Time, Maximize This Workout Wednesday Again, I Realize Today Is Tuesday, Since I Cheated You In Mental Monday, I'm Ahead With Workout Wednesday Let Me Make One Thing Clear, Before We Get Started, Workout Wednesday Is N O T About Me Providing You With A Get Thin Quick Remedy To The Body You Want. This Section Will [...]

Paralyze Your Thoughts: You Are In Control

First Mental Monday Posting I Realize Today Is Tuesday, I Have Cheated You All. This Wasn't "Intentional." To Be Completely Honest, I Have Been Very Reluctant, Lazy And Downright Insecure About The Publishing Of This Blog. I Have Always Had An Idea In My Head Of Exactly How Everything NEEDS To Go. Because Of This, I've Often Missed [...]